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Bringing hope, health and happiness to children through the gift of new shoes. Your donation helps create sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

Real Life

It's a privilege to share the stories of children we meet during our distributions. Their transformational accounts of life before and after your gift of shoes capture the essence of our work together.

Children like Carlos. He and more than half of the population in Honduras live on less than $2/day, so life is rough. Yet what they lack in means is offset by a lively spirit.

But Carlos' spirit, and brain, took a fateful blow at the hands of his abusive father a few years ago, a beating so violent as to leave him unconscious in the hospital for a month. Lacking resources, Carlos was sent back home, where he wasted away to skin-covered bones.

After hearing Carlos' story, a care team takes over. Over the next three years, they bring him back to life, though so much damage has remained. Today, he works his therapy hard to regain some independence.

As you read this and reflect on your support of our mission, you may wonder what Carlos' story has to do with shoes. More than you can imagine.

Your financial donations allow us to reach children like Carlos every day. Together, we've distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 U.S. states since 2006. And this gift has created an extraordinary difference for Carlos. You've been with us during every visit showing him that we see him. And you were there when we recently fitted him with shoes that will keep his feet straight and prevent them from further turning inward, a new part of his therapy.

Carlos' story has many chapters yet to come, as do those of millions of children like him. And you can help them write it. $1=1 pair. Give to change a life.